Report: New Indiana Teacher Scholarship Not Attracting Minorities
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana’s Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship program is attracting prospective teachers, but the recipients are not very diverse.
State lawmakers established the program in 2016 in an attempt to reverse a trend of fewer first-time teaching licenses being awarded by the Indiana Department of Education. It would offer $10 million in new scholarships to high school graduates pursuing an education degree.
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education says just 11, or only five percent, of the 200 recipients in that first round announced earlier this year were underrepresented minorities, The Indianapolis Star reports.
Also, only 31 of the prospective teachers were men, according to the commission.
The scholarships pay up to $7,500 annually and up to $30,000 total for students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after college graduation. College students in the program are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 15 credit hours per semester.
The initial 200 recipients of the scholarship began using their funds in August. More than 600 students had applied.
The application period for the 2018-2019 Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarships is open through November 30, 2017. For more information about the Scholarship visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/NextTeacher.